LinkedIn quietly launched a new user interface in March and is slowly rolling it out to their more than 200 million members over the next several months. This article will look at what’s new in the LinkedIn user interface – including some new features – so you are ready for the changeover, especially as some features have been relocated to new menu items and others have been removed completely.
Current vs. New LinkedIn User Interface – I have copied examples of the Old and New LinkedIn User Interface below. As you can see, the new interface has a cleaner look with fewer tabs and it even includes some new tabs. This rest of this article will identify the changes, new features and help you prepare for the new interface.
Search bar – The search bar is now front and center and besides using icons instead of words for categories, it also has some new features. If you do not specify what you want to search, LinkedIn will provide matches across whatever categories have matches. For example, if you type “Recruiting” into the search bar you will get results from Connections, Companies, Groups, Features and Skills.
Profile – The options under the Profile menu item have been drastically reduced in the new interface. The old interface included the following menu items: Edit Profile, View Profile, Recommendations, Profile Organizer and Following. The new interface only has Edit Profile. To view your profile in the new interface, you simply click on the Profile menu item.
Network – The Network menu in the new interface includes links for Contacts, Add Connections and Find Alumni. The old menu item for Contacts has been absorbed into the Networks menu.
Jobs – The Jobs tab is still in the new interface but the drop-down menu items in the old interface (Find Jobs, Jobseeker Premium, Post a Job, Manage Your Jobs and Talent Solutions) have been removed. Clicking on the new Jobs menu item takes you directly to the Jobs page which is the same page if you click on the top Jobs menu item in the old interface.
Interests – Interests is a new menu item and combines the former Companies, Groups and News tabs. In addition, News is now referred to as Influencers. The Influencer section is actually worth exploring as LinkedIn is expanding their footprint by turning into a content engine in addition to being the leading business network.
When you click on the Influencer menu item, you are taken to LinkedIn Today which is a compilation of news customized for each individual. LinkedIn has signed up a number of authors and industry powerhouses to provide unique content directly on this page and I always find an interesting article or two every day. You can sign up for specific authors or select which channels you would like to populate your LinkedIn Today page. Clicking on the Like button for any of the articles you read on LinkedIn automatically posts the article as a status update in your newsfeed so all of your connections can see what’s important to you.
What Else is New? – Here is a summary of what else is new in the revised interface:
Search Bar – The Search bar is now front and center in the menu, and besides using icons instead of words for categories, it also has some new features. If you do not specify what you want to search, LinkedIn will provide matches across whatever categories have matches. For example, if you type “Recruiting” into the search bar you will get results from Connections, Companies, Groups, Features and Skills. For categories with Advanced search, the word Advanced appears to the right of the search box (People and Jobs).
Privacy & Settings – The Privacy & Settings menu can now be found by clicking on your LinkedIn picture in the upper right corner of the menu. Your picture has replaced your name
Inbox – The Inbox has changed from a menu item to an icon in the upper right corner of the menu. Click on the Envelope icon to access your Invitations and Messages.
Add Connections – There are two ways to add connections in the new interface. You can select the Network menu item and click on the Add Connections sub-menu item or you can click on the icon next to your picture in the upper right corner.
More Menu Item – The More menu item is gone which directly impacts two key features – Help Center and Skills & Expertise. You can still reach these pages, but it is not as easy in the new interface as it was in the old interface. You can always reach Help from the footer at the bottom of every page or by typing in help.linkedin.com. To get to the Skills & Expertise page, you will need to search for skills by typing a skill into the search bar or type in the URL to access the Skills homepage – http://www.linkedin.com/skills/.
All in all, the changes in the new LinkedIn user interface will make it easier to use in the long run, but you may experience some initial confusion when your account is transition to the new interface.